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Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk, who nearly shoved Kim Kardashian to the ground outside the Balmain fashion show in Paris earlier this week, has spoken up about the incident.
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, told The Hollywood Reporter: “I had a feeling that Kim would show up there because she is friends with the designer of Balmain.”
“I basically came there just for them. I knew they were going to be the biggest guest of the night.”
“If it was Kanye West, I would have done it like I did it with Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio,” the prankster added.
Vitalii Sediuk nearly shoved Kim Kardashian to the ground outside the Balmain fashion show in Paris (photo Instagram)
“But with Kim Kardashian, I was very cautious because I know she is a woman – so I kind of hugged her legs. I already had a bad experience with America Ferrara. It’s different with men.”
In May, Vitalii Sediuk tried to crawl under America Ferrera’s dress as she posed with her How to Train Your Dragon 2 cast at the Cannes Film festival.
Vitalii Sediuk admits the stunts don’t bring him any income, but he does like the attention.
“I like the show business world. But it’s obviously not my intention to offend someone. It looks like I’m a monster, but I’m a normal guy. Well, what I’m doing isn’t normal – but I don’t have bad intentions,” he told the publication.
“I’m already banned in America. I could be banned in the European Union next. I hope I will not be.”
Vitalii Sediuk also noted that no police were on hand at the time during his interaction with Kim Kardashian.
“Maybe they were looking for that. Because those pictures look like you are a God coming from the cross amid millions of fans and photographers,” he said.
“Maybe they’re interested in that.”
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Kim Kardashian was apparently jostled by someone waiting in a large crowd outside her car at a Paris Fashion Week event on September 25.
Kim Kardashian, 33, had just exited her car at the posh Hotel Salomon de Rothschild when the kerfuffle erupted around 3 p.m.
In a video posted on TMZ.com, Kim Kardashian appears to stumble briefly after a person lunges towards her feet. Bodyguards instantly push Kim Kardashian out of the way and subdue someone who remains off camera.
Kim Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner can be seen yelling: “Stop it!”
Kim Kardashian was apparently jostled by someone waiting in a large crowd outside her car at a Paris Fashion Week event on September 25 (photo Instagram)
Vitalii Sediuk, a former Ukrainian television reporter, told The Associated Press in an email that he is the person in the video, and that he’d only been trying to hug the star.
A representative for Kim Kardashian, Ina Treciokas, said the reality star had no comment about the incident.
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, has gained a reputation for outlandish pranks on red carpets in Moscow, Los Angeles and Cannes.
In May 2014, Vitalii Sediuk was arrested and spent two days in jail after jostling with Brad Pitt at a film premiere in Los Angeles. He also crawled underneath America Ferrera’s dress at a film premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
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It appears Angelina Jolie remained unfazed by Vitalii Sediuk’s attack on Brad Pitt last week as she said that her security arrangements will not change following the red-carpet incident.
“People like that are an exception to the rule,” she told the Associated Press.
“Most fans are just wonderful.”
Brad Pitt previously told People magazine Vitalii Sediuk was a “nutter” after attacking him at the premiere of Angelina Jolie’s new movie, Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie has said her security arrangements will not change following Vitalii Sediuk’s red carpet prank on Brad Pitt (photo Walt Disney Company)
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend counseling.
He pleaded no contest to battery and unlawful activity charges after the incident on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian TV presenter was also ordered to stay away from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Angelina Jolie is in Shanghai to promote Maleficent, in which she plays the villain from Sleeping Beauty.
When asked if the incident had made the couple more wary of fans, Angelina Jolie said: “No, no… we’ve had a wonderful experience over the years and are very grateful for their support and it will not change the way we behave.”
Angelina Jolie told the press conference she was proud of the way Brad Pitt had handled the situation: “He is fine. He was fine that night. He’s a very strong man and he handled the situation perfectly, so he’s good.”
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Brad Pitt spoke out about his encounter with red-carpet prankster Vitalii Sediuk.
“I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me,” Brad Pitt explained to People magazine.
Vitalii Sediuk accosted Brad Pitt at the world premiere of Maleficent in Hollywood
“I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels. I looked down and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my c**ch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head – not too hard – but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses.”
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, was wrestled away by security and quickly arrested. He spent two days in jail before pleading no contest to battery and unlawful activity at an entertainment event and received three years probation and one year of psychiatric counseling.
“I’m a normal guy,” he told The Associated Press, insisting that he merely wanted to hug Brad Pitt, not his swimsuit area, since children were present on the red carpet. “I’m not crazy.”
Brad Pitt clearly has his doubts: “If this guy keeps it up he’s going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd. And he should know, if he tries to look up a woman’s dress again, he’s going to get stomped.”
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Vitalii Sediuk, who accosted Brad Pitt at Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent premiere in Los Angeles, has been sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to attend a year’s psychological counseling.
The 25-year-old Ukrainian TV presenter pleaded no contest to battery and unlawful activity charges after the incident on Wednesday.
Vitalii Sediuk has been sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to attend a year’s psychological counseling
Vitalii Sediuk was ordered to stay 500 yards away from all celebrity events, including awards shows and premieres.
He must also stay away from Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie.
Vitalii Sediuk had been charged with four counts of battery, assault, unlawful activity and interference at a theatrical event, however two of the charges were dismissed as part of his plea deal.
The Ukrainian presenter, who is known for pulling pranks on celebrities, was also sentenced to 20 days of community service during his 36-month probation.
His lawyer Anthony Willoughby said he expected the restraining orders against his client to be lifted after a year if he behaved.
Vitalii Sediuk is due back in court for a hearing on July 8.
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Prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who allegedly hit Brad Pitt at Angelina Jolie’s movie Maleficent red carpet premiere in Los Angeles, has been handed a restraining order to keep him away from the star.
Vitalii Sediuk was arrested and held on $20,000 bail after Brad Pitt was struck at Maleficent premiere on Wednesday.
Brad Pitt’s legal team requested the emergency five-day restraining order, Los Angeles Police told Reuters.
Vitalii Sediuk was arrested and held on $20,000 bail after Brad Pitt was struck at Maleficent premiere (photo Getty Images)
Vitalii Sediuk is known for pranking stars like America Ferrera and Will Smith.
He worked for Ukrainian TV station 1+1 until being fired several weeks ago.
Vitalii Sediuk, 25, was reportedly seen jumping over a barrier, hugging and then striking the star, knocking off his sunglasses.
He was wrestled to the floor by bodyguards before being led away in handcuffs. Brad Pitt was unhurt.
The restraining order could be extended for a month if Brad Pitt petitions a civil judge, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Albert Gonzalez told the Associated Press.
Vitalii Sediuk’s, attorney, Anthony Willoughby, told AP he had not yet spoken to his client.
“He’s not a violent individual,” Anthony Willoughby said.
“He’s an easygoing young man.”
Publicist Christa Scherck, who worked with Vitalii Sediuk for the past two years, told AP she was severing ties with him and was never aware of his prank plans.
“This goes beyond pranking,” she said.
“This is no longer entertaining.”
Vitalii Sediuk has a history of red carpet stunts. He recently hit headlines after he crawled under the skirt of Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Brad Pitt has been punched in the face at the premiere of Maleficent in Los Angeles.
Ukrainian reporter Vitalii Sediuk – who is known for pranking celebrities – has been arrested on suspicion of battery.
Vitalii Sediuk was reportedly seen jumping over a barrier, hugging and then striking Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt has been punched in the face at the premiere of Maleficent in Los Angeles
The 25-year-old was wrestled to the floor by bodyguards before being led away in handcuffs by police.
Brad Pitt, who had been signing autographs at the time, was not seriously hurt.
Maleficent is Disney’s modern retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, starring Angelina Jolie as its villain.
A spokesperson for the movie company said: “This was an unfortunate and inappropriate incident that is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.”
A police spokesman said Vitalii Sediuk was held in custody on Wednesday night pending $20,000 bail.
“The officers who were handling him said it looked like [the attack] was intentional, but at this point, it remains to be determined,” Sgt. Leonard Calderon told Reuters.
Vitalii Sediuk has a history of red carpet stunts and pranking celebrities.
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Will Smith angrily slapped camp comic Vitalii Sediuk on the face after he tried to kiss him on the lips on the red carpet in Russia yesterday.
Will Smith, 43, was walking the press line in Moscow to promote Men In Black 3 when Ukrainian TV prankster Vitalii Sediuk stopped him to give him a hug and attempted to kiss him.
He managed to dodge two lunges, with each kiss landing on his cheek, before he pushed the professional fool away and gave him a limp tap on the face.
Blockbuster footage from the Russian LifeNews station showed the angry actor and rapper telling him: “Hey man, what the hell is your problem?”
Will Smith angrily slapped camp comic Vitalii Sediuk on the face after he tried to kiss him on the lips on the red carpet in Russia yesterday
Will Smith later laughed about the incident, telling another reporter down the line: “He tried to kiss me on the mouth.
“He’s lucky I didn’t try to sucker punch him. … Sorry, I said that on camera.”
Wind up merchant Vitalii Sediuk is best known for playing a prank on Madonna by presenting the singer with Hydrangeas, her most loathed flower.
Madonna rolled her eyes after graciously accepting the present from the joker before a press conference at the Venice Film Festival last year.
The gullible Holiday star thought he had simply made a mistake, telling an assistant: “I absolutely loath Hydrangeas. He obviously doesn’t know that.”
The prankster is also for known for his love of kissing celebrities when they least expect it.
Will Smith has been touring the globe to promote the latest installment of the Men In Black franchise.
One person who will not be amused by Vitalii Sediuk’s approach is his sexy wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Jada Pinkett Smith was not with her husband as she is currently at the Cannes Film Festival promoting her new film, Madagascar 3.